Egyptian Turquoise Faience Amulet of a Cat

£ 1,600.00

An Egyptian amulet of a sitting cat made from turquoise faience. The feline is depicted seated, her weight braced upon her bent hind legs, tucked into her body. Her forelegs are elegantly straight, leading to a curved chest. A narrow and elongated face follow, moulded with feline features and topped with two large pointed ears. There is a suspension hoop to the rear and an integral base on which the cat sits. The amulet has been made in turquoise faience.

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Ex AH collection, acquired 1990s-2000s.
Condition: Excellent. Clear facial features and vibrant glaze.
Product Code: ES-187
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The goddess Bastet was considered to be the daughter of Ra, the sun god, and was originally shown with the features of a lion up until about 1000 BC when she started being portrayed as a cat or human with a cat head. The maternal, protective and hunting characteristics of the cat were the most obvious in Bastet and she is seen as a protector of pregnant women and young children. Amulets in the shape of Bastet would have been worn particularly by women not only to place themselves under the patronage of the goddess, but also in the hope that the wearer might be endowed with the goddess’ fecundity.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

Weight 4.54 g
Dimensions L 2 x W 1 x H 3.2 cm
Egyptian Mythology



Turquoise Faience


North Africa

Reference: For similar: Bonhams Auction House, London, Antiquities, 28th Oct 2009, lot 78

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